Types of adoption

Adoption is a legal process which provides new families for children who cannot be raised by their own parents. It is a solution for children who need a new home and is a commitment for life.

Adoption is for life. Fostering is generally for a limited period - whether it be for a week, a month, a year or more.  Find out more about fostering, or about the differences between adoption and fostering.

There may be a number of reasons why a child is placed for adoption. In some cases a court will decide that a child needs to be adopted due to concerns for their long-term welfare. In other cases it may not be possible for the birth parents to look after the child and it is their decision for their child to be adopted.

When most people think about adoption, they think of young babies. Although we do have babies in our care, the reality is most children who need adopting are older and there is a broad age range. Many of our children may have complex needs coming from an uncertain background or have emotional difficulties stemming from their early experiences.

We are currently looking after many Lancashire children in this situation, so we're always looking to work with Lancashire families who can offer a permanent loving home to the children in our care.

We are looking for people from all backgrounds. There is no typical adoptive parent or family. You must be over 21, but apart from that, race, gender, sexuality, living arrangements, age and employment status are not how we determine whether you can adopt. We will look at each enquiry on its own merits so that we are sure you can support and look after a child throughout their childhood and beyond.

As well as our standard adoption process, we sometimes do things slightly differently. Here's an outline of the two types of plans to adoption that might be right for you.

Early permanence - Best for Baby and Better Beginnings

Early permanence allows prospective adopters the opportunity to parent a baby or child during the early weeks and months of their lives, offering them love and stability when they need it most and supporting them through key stages of their development.